Watch: The curved side of a hammer's real purpose is blowing people's minds online - it's not just for removing nails
On social media, many users are having their minds blown after realising that the curved part of a hammer serves a special purpose.
It's safe to assume that everyone knows what an ordinary hammer looks likes. There's the face, or the head, which is used to hammer in a nail, the eye that holds the iron the neck that projects the face, the cheek, the handle and the grip.
However, the most ignored part of the hammer is the claw. One with a cut in between is used by many to remove nails from a surface. It may be one of the easiest work tools to operate, but only a handful of casual users are aware of its full potential.
The curved part is mostly used to grasp a half-hammered nail. We already know that. But you'd be surprised to find out that the side has a whole other purpose.
Yep, it's not just for removing nails. Its real purpose is to end any chance of accidental finger injury while using a hammer. The curved side comes handy in hammering nails in the right place, but it also offers protection.
Carpenters and other professionals might be aware of this. But the seemingly less popular hack was highlighted recently by TikTok user @sidneyraz.
Most of us hold a nail between our thumb and our forefinger while hammering it in a surface, hoping the face of the hammer won't smash our fingers. TikTok user @sidneyraz simply showed a different way of hammering nails by involving the curved side to provide protection. "Here's something I didn't know until I was in my 30s. The back of the hammer can hold the nail of the first swing," he says in the video.
The TikToker placed a nail into the back of the hammer and then attempted to put it in place.
In other words, he placed the pointy end of the nail outwards into the claw and then hammered it on a wooden surface.
Netizens who discovered the technique for the first time were amazed, to say the least. The clip, since being posted on Valentine's Day, has amassed millions of views.
A user wrote, ""So you mean I've smashed my fingers for no reason?!"
"I'm 40... didn't know that. My poor thumb. Please forgive me," wrote a second user.
"All those times I missed the nail and got my finger!!!"exclaimed a third user.